02 May David Sneed named Executive Director of CCA NC
David Sneed, an East Carolina CCA Chapter veteran, was named executive director of CCA-NC at the board’s April 15 meeting, Chairman Greg Hurt announced.
A 1987 N.C. State graduate, Sneed has worked the last 15 years in the construction industry most recently with Oak Ridge Construction in Washington, N.C., as an estimator and project manager supervising multi-million dollar jobs. “I believe my experience in planning and scheduling construction projects would translate directly into the successful management of the CCA-NC state office and the success of statewide fundraising events,” Sneed told the search committee during the interview process.
Sneed’s management expertise is proven but it was his passion for conserving coastal resources that impressed the search committee. During the interview, David recalled how he often told his children about the need to protect coastal waters and their inhabitants for future generations.
“ ‘Well, Dad, why don’t you do something about it,’ ” he said, telling how his children prodded him to make a difference. As a result, he and his family started Brackish Water Outfitters, a non-profit marketing brand closely identified with the southern coastal lifestyle dedicated to preserving coastal resources for future generations.
On his website, thebrackishlife.com, three simple concepts – celebrate, educate, and preserve – have become The Brackish Life focus, the homepage reads. “As we live by our mantra, ‘Enjoy Life Simply,’ we also want to do our part to be responsible stewards of our coastal waters,” it further states.
It was this passion that first led Sneed to CCA’s East Carolina Chapter years ago while living in Greenville and spending weekends fishing or hunting. He has been an active volunteer in staging the highly successful East Carolina fundraising banquet, search committee chairman Billy Byrd said.
His effort to make a difference is not just limited to endeavors related to personal recreation. Sneed was a founding board member and two-term president of the Pitt-Greenville Habitat for Humanity. He also served as president and assistant district governor of Greenville’s Rotary Club. Teaching kids, which complements one of CCA-NC’s goals, David helped coach his son’s Little League baseball team to a city championship.
In his statement to the search committee, Sneed said, “My vision for the executive director’s role would be to take my passion and the organization’s message to the public in a renewed grassroots effort. Getting our message to more people who share this love of recreational fishing and coastal living will increase our success at local fundraising events and build our influence in Raleigh.”